Community - March 2, 2011


Walter P. Cinfichi

Walter "Walt" P. Cianfichi, 79, who lived in Portola Valley for 34 years, died Feb. 15 following two strokes. He was 79.

Bortn in Mohrland, Utah, he spent his childhood in Utah, Danville, and Walnut Creek, California.

After graduating from the College of Pharmacy at the University of California at San Francisco, he served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army.

While owning and managing Medical Clinic Pharmacy in the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, he served as president of the Santa Clara County Pharmaceutical Association.

Later he owned and managed Ace Hardware on the Alameda de las Pulgas in West Menlo Park. In addition, he was a real estate agent and business broker.

His hobbies included golf, skiing, boating, fishing, hunting, and wine-making.

He and his wife Donna lived for eight years in Palo Alto, then 34 ears in Portola Valley. In 1999 they moved to Denver, Colorado, to be near one of their sons and his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Michael of Newbury Park, California, and Brian of Lakewood, Colorado; and two grandsons. Another son, Ken, died in 1982.

The family prefers donations to St. Jude Research Hospital Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148. The website for the hospital is

Lamar 'Hedy' Lay

A memorial service was held at Woodside Village Church on Feb. 25 for Lamar "Hedy" Lay, a longtime resident of Palo Alto and Woodside, who died Feb. 11 in Portola Valley. He was 92.

Born and raised in St. Louis, he observed Charles Lindbergh making flights in "The Spirit of St. Louis," family members said.

He graduated from Purdue University and came to California in 1940. While working for Pan American Airways as a flight engineer, he met his future wife Ruth, a stewardess.

His career with Pan Am started with the days of the China Clipper taking off from San Francisco Bay. He flew numerous aircraft, spanning the development of propeller planes through the jet age and on to the 747, until he retired in 1982.

Despite a demanding travel schedule, he was a loving and devoted family man, his family says. His interests included vintage cars, airplanes, and jazz.

Survivors include daughter Linda Long of Truckee, son Brent Lay of San Jose, and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Helen Evans Dallmar

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 4, for Helen Evans Dallmar of Menlo Park, who died Feb. 23.

The celebration of her life will start at 2 p.m. at the Vi in Palo Alto (formerly Hyatt Classic Residences).

She was the wife of Howard Dallmar, former Stanford University basketball coach.

Born in 1927 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, she spent most of her early years growing up in Trooper, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in business administration.

She married Howard Dallmar in 1950, and after a short stay at the University of Pennsylvania, they moved to Menlo Park in 1954 to begin what was to become a lifelong involvement in the local community.

She spent her time raising her family, volunteering for causes important to her, traveling, and enjoying her many close friends, say family members.

She dedicated herself to supporting the St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room near Menlo Park and its mission to feed and help those in need, they said.

She is survived by three children, Elsa Dallmar Arata of Atherton, Suzanne Dallmar Lindsey of San Carlos, and Howard Evans Dallmar of Menlo Park; seven grandchildren; and her sister, Maryanne McGovern of Key Largo, Florida.

She asked that any donations be shared with St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room and/or Pathways Hospice of Sunnyvale.


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